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Reaching New Heights Hosts Stand Down Event for Veterans and Homeless in San Bernardino
Non-Profit Organization Takes Action to Combat Homeless Crisis in San Bernardino and Support Local Veterans
By: Reaching New Heights Foundation
On average, there are 960 veterans a year who are homeless in San Bernardino. The 2020 San Bernardino County Homeless Count Survey (https://wp.sbcounty.gov/
"We believe in making a difference so we're bringing over sixty different service providers to one place. We are asking that the providers not just hand out information, but provide on-site services," said RNHF Founder and CEO Sgt. Major (Ret.) Gregory Coker. "Normally it would take a veteran or a homeless individual several months to receive the kind of service we're providing in one day."
In the military, a stand down is an opportunity to pause and regroup to help those in need. With this Veterans Stand Down event, two underserved and at-risk populations—
"Veterans will receive surplus clothing, access to medical and dental service, counseling and more. The homeless will receive free food, clothing, haircuts, medical checkups, and showers, said Coker. "We want to give our homeless and veterans a hand up, not a handout."
RNHF is collaborating with local city, county, state and federal organizations to host the event. Key supporters include San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs, VA Loma Linda Veteran Health Care System, Salvation Army, United Way, Goodwill, IEHP, Molina Healthcare, San Manuel Casino and Volunteers for Veterans Foundation.
After the event, RNHF is committed to following up on the success of all individuals who register to receive help and will provide 6 -12 months of additional support.
October 13, 2021
Perris Hill Park
1135 E. Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Event Website: standdownvet.com (https://www.standdownvet.com/
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About Reaching New Heights Foundation
Founded in 2013, Reaching New Heights Foundation, Inc. is an award-winning non-profit organization created by a veteran for veterans. It proudly helps Inland Empire veterans successfully transition from active-duty military service, incarceration, or homelessness to life as civilians and productive members of society. For more information visit www.rnhf.org
Reaching New Heights Foundation
Sgt. Major Greg Coker